The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) is a not-for-profit research institute headquartered in Pensacola, Florida with scientists and engineers investigating topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines.
It was founded in 1990. Projects include robots, unified control panel displays for aviation, artificial intelligence, computer security, language cognition for computers, and powered exoskeletens. Mark Howard called it “one of the state’s most underpublicized tech jewels” in the October 2013 issue of Florida Trend magazine.
Research at IHMC focuses on human-centered computing, artificial intelligence and biologically-inspired systems. The underlying mission is the creation of useful technological systems to leverage and extend humancognitive, physical, and perceptual capacities. Current active research areas include: knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, robotics, advanced interfaces and displays, communication andcollaboration, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, biologically inspired network security, expertise studies, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, and other related areas.
Research is based on the idea of leveraging and extending humans through computers and computer programs. Shifting the goal from making artificial superhumans who can replace us to making superhumanly intelligent artifacts or cyber prostheses that can amplify and support cognitive abilities.